hurricanes
‘Almost Everything Is Destroyed’: Cyclone Idai Leaves Mozambique’s Fourth-Largest City in Ruins

On March 15, a rare, giant cyclone made landfall in Mozambique before making its way west to Malawi and Zimbabwe. By Saturday, Cyclone Idai had dissipated, but not before causing widespread infrastructural damage throughout eastern Africa and claiming more than 200 lives, reports Al Jazeera. Read More >>

climate change
You Can Eat a Burger and Still Fight For the Planet

I eat meat. Not every day but most days. I also eat out at least twice a week. That means takeaway containers and plastic. I ride the train just about every day, and I try to avoid taxis. However, I also plan to own a car one day, and I fly for work often enough. Read More >>

environment
South Pacific Oil Spill Threatens Local Tribe As it Spreads Toward World-Famous Reef

Rennell Island sits in the middle of the Solomon Sea northeast of Australia. It’s a paradise best known for harbouring the largest raised coral atoll in the world, which members of the Tehakatu’u tribe rely on for fish to eat. The island’s extraordinary ecology landed it on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998, but now it and the people who rely on it are threatened. Read More >>

animals
Scientists Capture Rare Footage of Mysterious ‘Type D’ Killer Whale, Possibly a New Species

In 1955, 17 killer whales were found stranded on a beach in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. Scientists thought they looked weird, but they shrugged it off as some type of genetic deformity. Since then, the whale has been something of an urban legend until fishermen and tourists began capturing rare images of the animals. Read More >>

wildfires
Wet Winters No Longer Protect California From Brutal Wildfire Seasons, Study Finds

In the US state of California, a wet winter no longer protects landscapes from the kind of intense wildfires the state’s been experiencing lately. Read More >>

wtf
Hundreds of Exotic Turtles and Tortoises Wrapped in Duct Tape Found in Airport Luggage

The Indian star tortoise native to parts of India has been declining in the wild since at least 2000. Why? People want them as pets. A stark reminder of this fact came on Sunday, after authorities in the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport found some 1,500 live turtles and tortoises inside four abandoned suitcases that arrived from Hong Kong. Read More >>

science
A Future of Heavier Rainstorms Could Be a Death Sentence For Corals

Corals have it rough. From warming oceans to sunscreen, threats are everywhere. Now, add freshwater to the list. Read More >>

nature
A U.S. City Just Granted Legal Rights to a Lake

Crystal Jankowski went into labor during the 2014 water crisis in Toledo, Ohio. The city’s 276,000 residents couldn’t use their tap water at all for a weekend in August – no drinking, bathing, nada. The water, supplied by Lake Erie, had become toxic due to the lake’s dangerous algae overgrowth. Read More >>

climate change
Greenland’s Melt Will Drive Up Sea Levels…But Also Give Us Sand

Greenland is rapidly melting. Blame it on climate change. This is no good news, but a new paper points out an unexpected benefit as a result of all this lost ice: sand. Read More >>

climate change
Concern Over Climate Change Is Rising Sharply Around the World, Survey Finds

Around the world, people worry about climate change. In fact, it’s seen as a top international threat and concern has “increased significantly” since 2013, according to a new survey by the US-based Pew Research Center. Read More >>

photography
These Award-Winning Botanical Photos Belong in Alice in Wonderland 

Some photographers like to capture people; others like to capture the stories of the botanical world, from our backyards to our gardens and wildlands. That’s the premise behind the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew’s International Garden Photographer of the Year Award, whose winners were announced Friday. Read More >>

animals
These Elephant Seals Are the Only Winners of the US Government Shutdown

A beach in the US state of California has been invaded by strange creatures. They awkwardly waddle with their long, slinky noses hung high. About 60 of them have been lounging on the sandy shores of the Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco with their mini-mes. These aren’t any ordinary beasts—they’re elephant seals. Read More >>

environment
Smog Is So Bad in Bangkok That Hundreds of Schools Are Closed for the Week

Hundreds of schools in Thailand are facing closures for a pretty crappy reason: air pollution. Read More >>

environment
Microplastics Discovered in Key Drinking Water Source in the US

The one thing we humans have done an incredible job of leaving behind is plastic. Microplastics, in particular, are seemingly everywhere these days: in sea turtles, table salt, and even beer. Now, a new study offers evidence that microplastics may be infiltrating our groundwater supply, too. US researchers found microplastics in springs and wells from two aquifers in use. Read More >>

science
The Dirty Truth About Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water

As countries in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere struggle to find enough freshwater to meet demand, they’re increasingly turned to the ocean. Desalination plants, located in 177 countries, can help turn seawater into freshwater. Unfortunately, these plants also produce a lot of waste—more waste, in fact, than water for people to drink. Read More >>